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Republican Running In New Bedford City Council Special Preliminary Election This Week

January 23, 2023

New Bedford will soon be one step closer to filling its Ward 3 city council seat.

The city will do so by holding a preliminary election on Tuesday, January 24 and a runoff election on Tuesday, February 28.

The winner of the election will serve for the remainder of Hugh Dunn’s term; Dunn, an attorney who works in Boston, resigned in December 2022 to focus on his career. Dunn was not enrolled in a political party.

There are seven candidates in the race to succeed Dunn in the city council, according to South Coast Today.

The candidates are:  Carmen Amaral, Robert C. Bromley, Robert Cabral, Kathy M. Dehner, Shawn Oliver, John F. Robinson Jr., and Jacob J. Ventura.

Ventura is the only Republican of the bunch, according to the New Bedford Light, which calls Ward 3 “the city’s sleepiest ward politically.”

The top-two finishers in the preliminary round will advance to the runoff election.

The winner of the election will have to seek re-election in 2023 if the candidate wants to serve a full term.


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